We can't wait to spend a few relaxing days enjoying the company of our dearest friends and family. We'll be cooking great food, exploring, lounging on the beach, playing pétanque, drinking really good wine, and living in a château. It would mean the world to us if you would join us!
*Starred items are optional
Monday, August 22nd
Wedding Party Arrives
for wedding party and family
Tuesday, August 23rd
Casual to semiformal attire
Wednesday, August 24th
Beach at Carteret
Visit to Cherbourg
Cliffs at Etretat
Thursday, August 25th
Sandwiches and snacks*
Friday, August 26th
Visit to Valognes Farmer's Market
Foraging tour in Saint-Sauveur le Vicomte
Visit to Chèvrerie des Poitevines Goat Farm
Visit to Théo Capelle Cidrerie - Distillerie
Saturday, August 27th
Your home for the week: a beautiful 18th-century château in the heart of Normandy.
Normandy is a charming region of France, rich in history, famous for its delicious food, and full of exciting things to do and see! The château is located near
· beautiful Atlantic coastal beaches at Carteret
· local cider, calvados, and cheese producers
· two 1-Michelin-starred seafood restaurants
· the stunning Mont Saint-Michel abbey
· D-Day landing beaches and war memorials
If you're feeling a little lost, get in touch with our lovely travel agent Laura Hanaford! She can help book flights, organize pre-or post-wedding adventures, and offer guidance on traveling in France. If you just need a bit of advice or minor booking help, she's happy to assist as part of our agreement with her; if you need more, she'll be happy to chat about making a separate arrangement tailored to you. She's the best!
The nearest major airports are in London and Paris. From there, there are several ways to get to the château:
· Take a train from Paris Saint-Lazare to Valognes (2h45),
· Take a train from London to Portsmouth (1h45); ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg (3h)
· If you're up for adventure, rent a car from Paris and drive! It'll be the easiest way to explore the area throughout the week.
There are a lot of theories about the best time to book an international flight. One website tells us it's nine months in advance for high season in Europe. A travel agent friend says March is the best time. Mashable says there is no ideal time. That said, here are a few tips:
· Download the Hopper app and put this trip on your 'watchlist'—Hopper will notify you when prices for your flights are at their predicted lowest points.
· Create a price alert on Kayak, which will email you on either a weekly or daily basis.
· Hope, pray, do a rain dance, ask Laura for help—but don't wait too long!
We're pleased to offer you complimentary accommodation at the château from August 23rd–27th! There's limited space and it's first come, first serve, so please RSVP soon.
Due to the configuration of beds in the château, we unfortunately can't offer single rooms. We'll do our very best to make sure you're comfortable, but if you'd prefer a single room or would like to make other arrangements, you're welcome to do so. There are several lovely hotels and B&Bs a short drive away. Click the map to see our recommendations for accommodation, dining, and activities!
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It takes a village, and we'd be lost without our brilliant team.